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Letters

  • Support RAISE Family Caregivers Act

    To the editor:

    Family care giving can be an emotionally, physically and financially demanding role and this is especially true for Alzheimer’s and related dementia caregivers. Across the country, there are more than 15 million Americans providing unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. In 2016, these caregivers provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours of care valued at more than $230 billion.

  • Taxpayers should not subsidize market

    To the editor:

    Should Sunset Beach taxpayers be subsidizing the Waterfront Market? Sunset Beach taxpayers purchased the land for the Sunset Beach Town Park for $2.1 million and continue to fund the ongoing development of the park. The nonprofit Sunset Beach Business and Merchants Association, beginning in May 2016, opened the waterfront market in our park allowing 60 or more vendors to set up tents or booths to sell their wares every Thursday.

  • Market profits at expense of public

    To the editor:

    Is the much beloved and well-attended Waterfront Market at Sunset Beach Town Park up for sale? Apparently that’s what about 50 people who showed up at the last Sunset Beach Town Council meeting thought. They were there to express their concern that this weekly event in a public park had been “sold” to a for-profit LLC under cover of darkness with no public comment or input whatsoever.

  • Trump raises plenty of concerns

    To the editor:

    We see a lot of back and forth on President Trump, some for, some against. I write today to express concerns not only with his association with Russia, but other matters as well. He says Vladimir Putin is a better leader than President Obama. When in our lifetimes would that statement not be seen as treasonous? Every one of our intelligence sources are 100 percent sure Russia meddled in the election. Trump said there is no proof. Really?

  • Government of the absurd hurts Americans

    To the editor:

    We have all heard of the theater of the absurd. Welcome to the government of the absurd.

    Two of the main arguments Republicans make to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are that the individual markets under the ACA are struggling and premiums need to be reduced.

    A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis shows an estimated 34,000 Americans in 47 counties are at risk of not having an insurance provider to select on the ACA exchanges next year.

  • Court protects corporations more than U.S. citizens

    To the editor:

    Are corporations property or individuals? Actually, according to conservative judges on the Supreme Court, they are both, and more important than any old vacant lot or a woman paid less than her male laborer in department next to the one she works in.

  • Concealed weapons carry bill irresponsible

    To the editor:

    Someone has got to step up and try to end this craziness with guns in North Carolina.

    The House passed House Bill 746 and sent it to the Senate for passage. How can lawmakers support a no-training, no background checks, concealed weapons carry bill? Is this not insane?

    It also lowers the age limit to 18. I am not against an 18-year-old carrying a weapon. After all, they can carry them in the military. It is the training part to which I take issue and that it can be concealed without a permit.

  • Sunset Beach needs to deal with dunes first

    To the editor:

    Although it is noble to express an opinion on the Paris Climate agreement, I would direct the mayor and town council of Sunset Beach to a more pressing environmental issue right here in Sunset Beach. I, along with several residents on the east end of the island, have notified Town Administrator Susan Parker, mayor and council of dune breach and deterioration.

  • Trump dossier allegations still unsubstantiated

    To the editor:

    Ever wonder how the Trump-Russia collusion investigations got off the ground?

    Consider this: In June 2016, a 35-page dossier circulated among politicians, media gurus and others in Washington, D.C. The purported author, former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, had been contracted by FUSION, GPS, a research firm hired by supporters of Hillary Clinton, to find dirt on Donald Trump.

  • Camp UMC welcomes new pastor

    To the editor:

    What a wonderful Sunday for Camp United Methodist Church on Main Street in Shallotte!

    After 14 years of devoted service by the Rev. Rich Vaughan to the people of Camp Church, he has been assigned to a church in Raleigh and this past Sunday, we welcomed the Rev. Dr. Rev. Dr. Won Namkoong and his wife, Mee Young, to our fold as he shared with us his journey from South Korea to the United States and his search for God’s direction in his life.